Press Statement by the Gbagyi Women Development Union (GWDU) On The Unending Attacks in Chikun Local Government Area Kaduna State. 15/12/2017.
Ladies and gentlemen of the press, it is true that in Africa and other less developed nations the role of women have been reduced to home keeping, submitting to our husbands and raising children who will tomorrow lead the society. We are being deliberately schemed out from adding our voices to national discourse or even issues that affect us directly, because as jokingly summed up by President Muhammadu Buhari that we only belong to the living room, the kitchen and the other room, but today we want to break loose from that fenced boundary of our homes and also add our voices to the issues destroying our communities and villages.
Ladies and gentlemen the world must know that Chikun and parts of Birnin Gwari Local Government Areas of Kaduna State are under serious attacks by men of the underworld.
We are hard pressed on every side, crushed; perplexed, persecuted and abandoned, but we won’t be despair, the world must know that we have been indeed being put to the sword as, our homes, communities and villages are ransacked and raided by armed bandits. These armed bandits come only to kill, maim, steal, kidnap, rape and to destroy. The situation at hand affects everyone in the community, senior citizens, children are not spared. They kill unabatedly and defile both old and young women.
Today more women in our communities and villages are totally depressed and have lost hope, they have lost their loved ones, many have today been displaced from their homes and are taking refuge in places that are makeshift or congested homes of large-hearted people.
We the women in Chikun Local Government Area are living in constant fear and anxiety, our women who are mainly traders in farm produce can’t go to markets to buy and sell their wares for fear of being kidnapped or worst still raped or killed by armed_ kidnappers who stationed themselves along access routes. Our economic activities have been badly affected by this persistent attacks.
We are calling with a loud voice to President Muhammadu Buhari, the Wife of the President, Hajiya Aisha Buhari and all other feminist organizations to come to the rescue of our rural communities from armed bandits, rapers, kidnappers and killers.
We are in the same vein calling on Mallam Nasir El-Rufai to be awake to his responsibilities of securing the lives and properties of the masses of Kaduna State as he swore on oath to do at his swearing in as Governor of the State. The security formations in Kaduna State must double up their efforts to fulfill their obligations of providing a crime-free society. Our men cannot be prevented from bearing arms to protect us while the security agencies watch this state of insecurity consume us.
We pray that Government and security agencies will by the grace of God wake up to bring an immediate end to this heinous atrocities in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.